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12:00 PM on 01.23.2015

X-Men: Apocalypse gets its new Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm

After X: Men Days of Future Past sorted the X-Men series out, it's time to move forward...by moving backward again. Set to take place in the 80s and following the returning cast from the First Class (along with Hugh Jackman i...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 01.23.2015

Review: The Boy Next Door

I'm not actually sure who I'm writing this review for. Anyone whose seen the trailers for The Boy Next Door has undoubtedly made their made up about it. It's a trashy stalker film with Jennifer Lopez seducing a teenager ...

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 01.23.2015

First teaser trailer for Dead Rising: Watchtower

For a film based off the cheesy Dead Rising videogames going straight to Sony's Crackle streaming service, this doesn't look that bad. Doesn't have enough Frank West covering wars though. Dead Rising: Watchtower is available March 27th. 

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 01.23.2015

Write for Flixist and become the ruler of the world

Hello. Are you enjoying yourself here? Do you think that you'd like to have a bigger role than just reading about movies at Flixist? Do you want to write about movies at Flixist? Then now is your chance. We're looking for a f...

Matthew Razak



Review: R100 photo

Thanks to R100, we know the proper recipe for a shirt: 24 hours in a slow-cooker, with red wine sauce, celery and carrots. Not because the film involves shirt eating (not directly at least), but because it forced Twitch founder/editor Todd Brown to eat his own shirt. 

Before it screened at Fantastic Fest late last year, he made a bold claim, if any film was half as crazy as Sion Sono's Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, he’d eat his shirt.

R100 called Brown's bluff, and he made good on his promise. It's fitting, really, because that's exactly the kind of thing someone in R100 might be forced to do.

[This review was originally posted as part of our coverage of the 2014 New York Asian Film Festival. It is being reposted to coincide with the theatrical/VOD release.]

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2:00 PM on 01.22.2015

Netflix Now: Resolution Edition

Wow, it's been a while so sorry about that. Anyhoo, since it's a long list I'll get right to it after a few things. I'll try and make this bi-weekly from now on to avoid all of this, and thank you for reading this list time a...

Nick Valdez



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Matt's Top 15 Movies of 2014
by Matthew Razak

As a person who gets to attend press screenings for almost every major and minor release out there I get to see way too many movies. You're thinking that sounds awesome, but it can be a horrible burden. Do you know how many bad movies come out in a year? Do you know how bad mediocre movies get when you have to watch so many of them? It's not always fun.

Thankfully for you I've made this list. It's much like MeganNick and Alec's lists, all of which have many great films on them, but mine is more right because my opinion is the most rightest of them all. While 2015 may not go down in history as the best year film ever had there was definitely greatness. 

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12:00 PM on 01.22.2015

Steven Spielberg's version of American Sniper sounds a bit better

When it comes to American Sniper, I've found over the last few days that it's better to tread water when criticizing. It's a shame, but I've been hit by quite a few slurs from folks that are taking the film to heart. But desp...

Nick Valdez



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Megan's Top 15 Movies of 2014
by Megan Porch

2014 was a pretty great year for movies, so coming up with a year end list was pretty tough for me. Originally I thought I'd just do top 5, and then top 10... but no. It had to be top 15 because I saw so many awesome films last year, and it just wouldn't be fair to ignore the movies in the 11 through 15 slots. 

So let's get the ball rolling...

 

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4:00 PM on 01.21.2015

Star Wars standalone testing some awesome female leads

I'm not very interested in the main Star Wars series, but what has gotten my attention are the standalone spin-off films releasing in between the trilogy. With cooler directors, and possibly cooler stories, it's only natural ...

Nick Valdez





2:00 PM on 01.21.2015

UPDATE: Snow White and the Huntsman sequel loses Frank Darabont, gains Emily Blunt

UPDATE: Universal has already found a replacement in second-unit director and VFX specialist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. He helped on the first film and is also set to direct the upcoming Highlander reboot. Well alright. ...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 01.21.2015

See Black or White early and free

Ready for some family friendly films about race? Then Black or White is your ticket. Forget Selma and grab a free pass to the true movie of the moment. Obviously I'm being sarcastic, but Black or White does see...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 01.20.2015

World War Z sequel starting with a clean slate

We here at Flixist actually dug World War Z despite it's horrible third act, which was rewritten and abandoned many of the book's themes to give us a happy ending. Despite all the troubles the movie had it still came out...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 01.20.2015

First trailer for DC's direct to video Batman vs. Robin

Ever since the animated Justice League specials committed to the New 52 continuity (after The Flashpoint Paradox), they haven't been very good. I don't know what's to blame for that either. Is it the comics themselves? Is it...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 01.19.2015

Ouija 2 is happening because money

It may not have been a good film, or even entertaining, but Ouija is going to get a sequel on top of its already bare bones story because it made near $85 million dollars from its slim $5 million dollar budget.  In an in...

Nick Valdez



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Amazon is getting into the moviemaking business
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

When Netflix announced that it was developing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2, there was a lot of surprise. Netflix has been hitting original television programming pretty hardcore (and striking gold on several occasions, I might add), but this was a major step forward. The decision to release it day-and-date in theaters and on Netflix was a bold move, if nothing else, and many theaters revolted.

Amazon, which has just announced its own plans to release original films under its Amazon Studios banner, will not be putting up a fight. The films that they release (twelve "prestige" movies per year, they say) will be theatrical releases originally but wind up on Prime Instant Video 30-60 days afterwards. Considering how much longer it usually takes for films to end up on these services, it's something, but I would love it if Amazon took a stand alongside Netflix to fight the big theater chains.

Regardless, this is an interesting move, and it will be fascinating to see what comes of it. Promising the equivalent of a movie every month is some serious commitment, and that will be a pretty massive undertaking, even assuming that each film will be reasonably low budget (which is probably (but not definitely) a fair assumption). The man heading things up is Ted Hope, whose company produced Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (which is pretty funny, if you think about it). And while he has apparently won a whole bunch of producing awards at Sundance, I expect he'll have a bit less creative control when he's overseeing so many projects simultaneously.

Either way, this is definitely a positive. More studios putting out original movies can never be a bad thing, and whether the films ultimately end up being "prestige" quality, I am interested in seeing what the company can come up with.

Full press release below.

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10:00 AM on 01.19.2015

Box Office Numbers: American Money

Well, Selma was obliterated during the MLK holiday weekend. I don't like it as much as some folks, but...that doesn't seem right. Instead, American Sniper made over $90 million dollars. A film that actively, and unironically,...

Nick Valdez



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Alec's Top 15 Movies of 2014
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

While I was binge-watching films at the end of last year and the beginning of this one to figure out where everything would stand on my official TOP MOVIES OF 2014 list, I noticed something odd: So many of the films I saw in 2014 reminded me of films I saw in 2013. Sometimes that was because they were by the same directors or shot by the same cinematographers. Sometimes it was just because they affected me in similar ways or dealt with similar themes. But when it came time to sit down and do this, I thought, "Hey... why not look at the best films of 2014 as it compares to 2013?" And so I did that, with each film on this list corresponding to a film on last year's list.

As such, the numbering of this list doesn't quite reflect my feelings (my favorite film of the year is only number 2 on this list), and several of my favorites were knocked off my slightly less deserving films, but I did it to make a point. And it's not like these lists really matter anyway.

So without further ado, we proudly present the "Best Films of 2013: 2014 Edition."

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Nick's Top 15 Movies of 2014
by Nick Valdez

It was the best of films, it was the blurst of films. Hey everyone I'm Nick Valdez, News Editor here for Flixist and you've probably seen my name on a good chunk of the stuff written here. If not, then I'll tell you a bit about myself. I like movies, songs about butts, and pink frosted donuts. I'm going to get a tattoo of a mix of all three of those things someday. 

Oh but you're here for this list. I've reviewed 51 films this year, and that's way more than I've ever done for the site before. That also means I've been way more involved in 2014 films than in past years so this list has been particularly tough. So, I guess let's get to it then. 

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2:00 PM on 01.16.2015

Taken 4 trailer is here

With the success of Taken 3 (do not listen to Sean it is a terrible movie and a waste of your money) we all have to ask why the hell we keep seeing really bad movies. We also have to expect that despite the third film c...

Matthew Razak



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Review: Song of the Sea
by Megan Porch

Anybody who knows me knows that seals are my favorite animal, so when I started seeing advertisements for Song of the Sea, I knew I had to check it out. Cartoon Saloon had already impressed me with its first feature film, Secret of Kells, so I had a feeling this movie would at least be on par with that one.

Song of the Sea stands out in a 3D obsessed animation industry as an entirely 2D, hand drawn film. It harkens back to older animated films, while still being fresh and unique, and its story is sure to pull on your heartstrings.

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Review: Blackhat
by Matthew Razak

I am a big Michael Mann fan. Collateral might be one of my favorite films. The guy just knows how to direct. You can be guaranteed at least one breath taking, though provoking shot in one of his films. This is especially true when he's shooting in a city. The guy just knows how to create an atmosphere that defines whatever city he's in.

Unfortunately for Blackhat a few good camera angles doesn't save it from being anything more than an over written, generic thriller where exposition is the name of the game. Mann can only make a bunch of people looking at computer screens stay interesting for so long. 

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